FAQs: Heritage

Last updated on 9 July 2014

What are the heritage implications of the Lansdowne redevelopment?
The Aberdeen Pavilion, built in 1898, was designated a National Historic Site of Canada in 1983, because it is the only large-scale exhibition building in Canada surviving from the 19th century.

The Horticulture Building, built in 1914 and considered a rare and architecturally-significant Canadian interpretation of the Prairie Style, was at one time recognized and protected under the Ontario Heritage Act. The City of Ottawa repealed this heritage designation in 2011 so the building could be moved. Now that the move is complete, the City has reinstataed the Horticulture Building's heritage designation.

The City of Ottawa had a number of documents related heritage issues and decisions available on its website, but these are unfortunately no longer available.

How has the Horticulture Building been altered?
Although Heritage Ottawa recommended against moving the historically significant Horticulture Building, it was shifted several hundred feet east to make room for retail space. In addition, the northern exhibition area was reduced by about 15 feet by removing one of the 11 bays, and there are new doors on all four sides, skylights and more windows. Potential uses for the building include restaurants, a coffee shop, an information counter, a large rental space and a set of stairs to the site's underground parking garage.

What's happened to the Aberdeen Pavilion?
The Victorian-era exhibition hall now houses an indoor rental venue. The Lansdowne Live plan originally called for the Aberdeen Pavilion to be turned into an aquarium.

What's happened to Frank Clair Stadium and the Civic Centre?
This structure has been renovated as a stadium, hockey arena and commercial retail space called TD Place. The winter sports dome was moved to the new University of Ottawa sports field at Lees Ave.

What happened to the Coliseum Building?
The Coliseum Building, which faced Bank St. south of Holmwood, was torn down in August 2012, although some significant features were retained and stored.

If you don’t find the information you need on these pages, please visit ottawa.ca/newlansdowne, or to contact the City directly by email at newlansdowne@ottawa.caor by calling 3-1-1 (press 1 for English, then 5 for the Lansdowne line). If necessary, you may also contact the project manager, Marco Manconi, at 613-580-2424 ext. 43229, or by email.